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We Are Here: 2023 Juried Exhibition
October 16, 2022
This 2023 juried exhibition celebrates LGBTQIA+ voices in the contemporary metals community. It seeks to include a variety of metals, (steel, silver, copper, gold, bronze, aluminum, pewter, iron, brass, etc.), techniques (forging, casting, fabricating, raising, enameling, etc.), and forms (jewelry, hollowware, sculpture, installations, furniture, tools, hardware, ornamental architecture, etc.).
Forged Fashion: Body Adornment
Forge a piece of metal art to be worn on the chest or neck! Throughout class, we will combine different forging and forming techniques using bar stock. We’ll focus on creating balanced symmetry in steel by repetition of form. Forged fashion helps participants to design an object that becomes personal and alive when worn on the body. Demonstrations will cover various organic design elements inspired from Ellen Durkan’s personal work.
$620 Member | $650 Non-Member
$70-$120 Materials and Studio Fees
Ellen Durkan is an artist blacksmith from Wilmington, Delaware. Through her Iron Maiden Forge business, she creates wearable “Forged Fashion” art that she presents through performance runway shows. She enjoys creating pieces to fit the complex forms of the figure and how each piece takes on a new presence with a new wearer. She creates forged work to decorate the body as visual and metaphorical armor.
RAW tools is a multifaceted organization centered around nonviolence. They operate firearm donation and disabling, nonviolence training, and partner with blacksmiths to turn donated guns into gardening tools which they sell to support their mission.
"We are comprehensive in our efforts to move communities away from violence. It’s not enough to just make tools from guns. We need to help teach each other new ways to solve our problems through relationship, dialogue, and alternative means of justice."
SIBs is partnering with RAW tools to offer several opportunities to participate in this effort.
-Help host a gun to garden tool demonstration event. RAW tools volunteers often travel for these and can team up with local smiths who have tools and/or space available.
-Make tools from gun barrels RAW tools will send you. They can be sold to support the blacksmith making them, or sent back to the organization to support their work, smith's choice. If you sell them to support yourself, they ask for a social media tag or something similar to help raise awareness.
-RAW tools can also train folks how to disable firearms. They connect gun donors to volunteers and they meet somewhere to cut up the gun.
-Donate a gun to be disabled and forged into garden tools.
To express your interest in any of these options please visit the website and contact RAW tools at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rent a blacksmith shop
Seattle Washington, USA
Greetings blacksmiths! Are you a blacksmith and or fabricator who is looking for a studio in the Seattle area? Good! Because I am looking for someone kind and trustworthy to sublease my studio! I have one more year of graduate school left and would love to find someone who can benefit from renting my space. It is well outfitted with tooling including power hammer, gas forge, welders, bandsaws, drill press, #4 fly press and more. The location is in Georgetown, south of Downtown and in the thriving artist community of Equinox Studios.
The space is about 750 sq ft and very well equipped. The building is a shared space with a secure front door and separate lock on my studio door. There are about 40 other artists in the building and over 100 in the entire community of the multiple buildings. You would be sharing the space with one other person who spends time in the studio sparingly.
Please private message me or email me at email@example.com with questions about price or anything else. I will not be posting the price publicly, but it will be very affordable.
From Core to Surface
Johnstown Pennsylvania, USA, apply from anywhere
The mission of this exhibition is to showcase the broad range of what forging can offer from a sculptural and functional perspective or a combination of the two. Design and execution go hand-in-hand whether the work is functional or sculptural; the two concepts struggle to exist independently. This exhibition seeks people active in the craft whose work displays a keen sense of design and technique. Evaluation and acceptance of submissions will be strongly influenced by a demonstration of this harmony between the two in their work.
Guest Speakers: Anne Bujold and Jeannie Tomlinson Saltmarsh
2910 Humboldt St, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Not just for metal-heads!
Come join us at Adam’s Forge to hear from two exciting artists speak about their work, organizations and collaborations. Learn about career options and opportunities you may not have thought about.
The Furniture Society
The Furniture Society is pleased to have received funding from The Schooner Foundation in support of our new Professional Development Program and the sponsorship of up to twenty individual scholarships for BIPOC and women makers to attend the lectures, portfolio reviews, and mentorship sessions offered as part of our first, online conference, FS22: Working Together. This support provides dynamic conference programming as well as direct access to professional development tools and opportunities for underrepresented makers in the field.
Scholarships include a 1‑year membership to The Furniture Society and full conference pass including the professional development session, and one mentor or portfolio session.
Design and Construction of Forged Iron Furniture with Joy Fire
Bigfork Montana, USA
This class can be taken on its own, or be attended as a continuation of the "introduction to basic techniques" class the week before. In this class you will design and forge your own small piece of functional furniture based on a style and techniques developed by the instructor. This design language is defined by a few simple rules. Clean straight lines, simple punch and drift joinery, long stepped tenons, and no use of any of the common complementary materials such as wood or glass. All joints are riveted and braised with silicon bronze. Your design should be reasonably sized, such as a stool or side table, so that you will be able to finish it in a week using your skills and the tools available at the school. It is recommended that you come to class with an idea of what you will make, you are welcome to contact the instructor ahead of time if you have questions about your concepts. As in all classes offered at the New Agrarian School, this class welcomes people of all walks of life. Joy has a particular interest and skill in working with folks who might not fit into the regrettably limited stereotype of "blacksmith”.
Introduction to Blacksmithing with Joy Fire
June 6th-June 10th
Bigfork Montana, USA
In this class students will learn how to complete basic forging techniques like tapering, tenoning, slitting and drifting, etc. These skills will then be used to make a small functional object, with lots of space to make changes to the template according to individual design tastes and needs. Throughout the class there will be an emphasis on taking care of your body and learning how to forge safely and efficiently, regardless of your body size, type, or physical ability. This is an intentionally inclusive class for those who have less access to blacksmithing in the modern western world, that is; women, LGBTQ+, AAPI, and BIPOC, folks.
Team Sculpture Workshop with Rachel David
May 24rd-June 3rd
Bigfork Montana, USA
Nationally known sculptor and blacksmith Rachel David will lead this intensive two-week workshop, applying her challenging approach to process and material to creating sculptural fire places that will remain a part of the New Agrarian School. The pieces will be designed in advance, with “assignments” for each person to complete individually over the course of the class while participating in partner and group aspects of the build. Expect a very high energy class where students’ initiative and abilities will improve and expand.
July 31st-August 12th
Penland, North Carolina
This workshop will play with containers and what they are intended to hold. A quick survey of reliquaries, keepsake boxes, time capsules, storage containers, etc., will launch the class. This will be followed by an introductory project to build skills, including basic forging, welding, fabrication, surface design, and finishing. Students can then expect to finish two or three tabletop-scaled pieces of their own design. Demonstrations will cover various techniques depending on student project needs. Regular group conversations and feedback will challenge and encourage the development of your projects. All levels.
Hotter 'N Hell: National Collegiate Art Exhibition
The Hotter ‘N Hell National Collegiate Art Exhibition, is a juried show featuring all art forms that use fire and heat as part of the creative process, for example: ceramics, glass-blowing, welded sculpture, poured metals, wood-burning, metalsmithing, burned textiles, etc. Cash prizes will be given to Best in Show, Second Place, Third Place, and Merit Award. The NSU Demons are looking forward to turning up the heat this summer by featuring the best pyrotechnical works of college/university students from across the United States.
Artists must be registered and taking an art course at a college, university, or community college in the United States of America.
Eureka Springs School of the Arts
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Proposals for programs to be offered between August and November 2022, can be submitted now.
Questions about course topics, scheduling, workshop logistics, or class proposal forms should be directed to:
Julie Hop | Program Coordinator
Submit your completed instructor application and workshop proposal forms to Julie Hop, Program Coordinator, electronically by February 15, 2022.
Each artist/instructor is welcome to submit multiple class proposals.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is accepting applications for admission to the graduate program with a focus in Jewelry & Metalsmithing, Blacksmithing and/or Digital Fabrication & Design for the Fall 2022 Semester.
A comprehensive Metalsmithing Studio with a wide range of traditional tools and equipment supports work at a jewelry or sculptural scale, and is located directly adjacent to a well-outfitted woodshop. The Digital Fabrication Studio, houses our technology based equipment and fuels cutting edge design, rapid manufacturing, 3D printing, and machining.
The newly updated Blacksmithing facility contains 6 workstations (4 gas forges, 2 induction forges), with post vice a wide variety of anvils. Equipment includes: treadle hammer, #6 flypress, 34lb. Anyang power hammer, 25T Anyang hydraulic forging press, various swage blocks and a large assortment of hammers, tongs, and hand tooling.
Have Fun with it Folx!
Penland, North Carolina
Try your hand at blacksmithing or expand your current skills in this fun and supportive workshop. Guided, beginning-level projects will include wall hooks and cooking tools as we cover skills such as tapers, scrolling, and chisel use. Experienced students can push their projects further. There will also be the option of a fun forging challenge open to all. If you have some experience and would like to use this workshop to try out new ideas and expand your skills, come join us. Open to all levels and all folx.
Blacksmiths and Asbestos
Blacksmiths are at risk of developing mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused from asbestos exposure that can take 20-50 years to develop. Due to its heat-resistant properties, asbestos was used extensively in blacksmith gear as well as the tiles in the floor/ceiling around the forge and work area.
Our website features extensive information on asbestos and we work 1-on-1 with individuals to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups all at no cost.
Student Shop Managers Consortium (SSMC)
SSMC is a community of practice for academic shop professionals and associates and this is the venue for collegial, professional discussion of providing and managing resources for making in higher education.
Membership is open to managers and staff of student fabrication facilities and affiliates in educational institutions worldwide. Manufacturers and vendors of equipment, materials and software of interest to SSMC members are welcome to participate and inform, but this is not a venue for sales and solicitations are not welcome. Go to the link, scroll down, and hit the blue "Join this group" button to join.
Kentucky Crafts Encyclopedia
The Kentucky Crafts Encyclopedia is a portal to information about Kentucky craft practices, craft history, craft institutions, craftsmakers, and places that exhibit or sell craft products. Besides providing a basic overview of the topic, the site links visitors to other websites or places that supply more extensive information. This site is under constant development by folklorist Thomas A. Adler, Ph.D., of Lexington, Kentucky.